Emergency Alert System TV and Radio Stations
The Emergency Alert System consists of a network of broadcast stations, across the nation and across the state, with equipment designed to allow the automatic transmission and broadcasting of emergency messages. Alerts pass from station to station and on to the air automatically, without human intervention. The state Office of Emergency Management activates the EAS for state-level alerts and the County Office of Emergency Preparedness activates the EAS for countywide and local alerts. The EAS incorporates coding that allows specific locations to be alerted, so that only affected areas receive the alert, so as not to alarm locations not affected. The EAS allows alert information to be digitally coded, along with standard audio information, so that television stations can have a crawl that displays the text of the alert for hearing-impaired citizens. EAS was designed to be a cooperative effort between government agencies and local broadcasters.
Monitor Media During Emergencies
During emergencies, the Office of Emergency Preparedness advises you to monitor radio and television for important announcements and updates. These stations are part of the EAS as well as work cooperatively to speed emergency information to the residents of and visitors to Cape May County.
Listen for emergency information on local radio, TV, and cable stations and monitor Emergency Broadcast System information on the EAS (Emergency Alert System) radio stations: